- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - Officials say an $11.2 million effort to eliminate blighted homes in the Saginaw area has been successful in improving conditions in the city.

Saginaw County Treasurer Tim Novak, however, tells The Saginaw News (http://bit.ly/240FvnX ) that more work is needed since other blighted properties remain.

The multi-year, federally-funded effort resulted in the demolition of 862 vacant homes in Saginaw and near the city’s borders.

Saginaw Chief Inspector John Stemple says final work is needed in the spring at some of the current demolition sites, but the city was able to use all of the federal demolition funding that was available by a Dec. 31 deadline. He says “every nickel” was spent.

The funding was part of an effort that also helped pay for demolitions in several other Michigan cities.

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Information from: The Saginaw News, http://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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